Category Archives: Equal Justice

Murder A Child Then Put It In A Culvert Or The Dump Is A Hate Crime!!!!

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Sedrick Deshun Johnson, 27, caused serious bodily injury to the Child and failed to seek medical assistance.

Body Of 18-Month-Old Cedric Jackson
Found In Landfill, Aunt’s Boyfriend
Arrested

DALLAS, TX  –  Sedrick Deshun Johnson — the boyfriend of 18-month-old Cedric “C.J.” Jackson’s aunt — is in police custody in relation to the death of the little boy.

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Cedric “C.J.” Jackson,18-months-old

Police arrested the 27-year-old Thursday morning.  He was charged with injury to a child, serious bodily injury.  According to police, he confessed that he was at the apartment and moved Cedric’s body to a dumpster in northeast Dallas.  Detectives learned that the dumpster was emptied twice since then.

According to the arrest affidavit, Johnson stated the 18-month-old “made a mess” with ketchup packets, and that he then tightly swaddled him to restrict his movement and placed him on the floor.

It was reported that around 12:30 a.m. July 10, Johnson unwrapped the little boy and he began to throw up and later became unresponsive.

Johnson told police after he attempted CPR in the bedroom for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, he drove Cedric to another location where he disposed of him in the dumpster.

During a forensic interview, one of the juvenile witnesses reported that Johnson would wrap Cedric too tightly, causing him to cry.  The witness stated he heard Cedric crying late-night then stopped suddenly before he disappeared.

Jackson’s aunt, Crystal, stated she had woke up during the night and noticed that both Johnson and Cedric were missing.  She then called Johnson and confronted him about why he wasn’t at the residence.

It is believed that Johnson caused serious bodily injury to Jackson by compressing his airway and failed to seek medical assistance.

Johnson’s prior criminal history includes abandoning and endangering a child with intent to return, prostitution, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Dallas police said in 2010, after arresting Johnson for prostitution, his daughter – who was 4 months old at the time – was found left alone in his apartment.  Police said Johnson told them he had left her on the bed while he went to the store to get cigars.

Johnson got four years probation for the offense, which he later violated multiple times.  Violations include testing positive for THC on several occasions, giving officers false information, resisting arrest.

Police found Cedric’s body in a landfill shortly after 11 a.m.  He was taken to the coroner’s office where they will determine how and when he died.

Cedric was reported missing from the Twin Oaks Apartments, in the 9700 block of Whitehurst Drive, around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Child Protective Services (CPS) recently gave his aunt temporary custody of Cedric for reasons that remain unclear.  That woman told police she put the little boy to bed sometime after 11:00 p.m. Tuesday and he was gone the next morning when she woke up.

Before authorities began searching for Cedric’s remains, family members had expressed concern about the aunt’s claim since they say the woman slept next to the child, in the same bed.

Officials issued a statewide Amber Alert for Cedric Wednesday night.

Tax Payers Pay For Child Predator Sex Change?

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Your Child Needs You

Federal Judge Rules State Must Pay for
Inmate’s Gender Surgery

A federal judge in Idaho has ruled that the state must pay for the gender reassignment surgery of a man who has been living as a woman.

The Thursday ruling involved the case of Adree Edmo, a 31-year-old transgender inmate in Pocatello who is currently in a men’s prison.   Edmo was sentenced for sexual abuse of a child under 16 back in 2012, according to the Idaho State Journal, and will be in prison until 2021.

There is no such thing as transgender, it is GENDER DYSPHORIA!  Every person in America has guaranteed rights except Children, this is against the laws of this land!!!!
Robert StrongBow

Edmo’s suit contends that “she lived full-time as a woman, dressing in women’s clothes and wearing women’s cosmetics” before serving time in jail.

Edmo was diagnosed with gender dysphoria by a prison psychiatrist in June of 2012, just months after sentencing.  Gender reassignment surgery is one potential treatment for the condition.

“Many transgender individuals are comfortable living with their gender role, expression and identity without surgery,” U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill wrote in the Thursday ruling.  “For others, however, gender confirmation surgery … is the only effective treatment.”

“The state has six months to provide Edmo with the surgery, which will restructure her physical characteristics to match her gender identity,” the Associated Press reported.

“Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray said IDOC will be addressing some of the issues raised by the ruling — including whether the state will appeal, and where Edmo will be housed after her surgery — in the days to come.  There are currently 30 inmates with gender dysphoria in state custody, according to the ruling.”

Edmo, it’s worth noting, has already received some taxpayer-funded treatment for gender dysphoria.  That includes hormone therapy.  However, they also have a disturbing history of attempting a crude sort of self-surgery.

“Edmo testified that she feels depressed, embarrassed and disgusted by her male genitalia.  Her gender dysmorphia was so severe that in 2015 she tried to remove her testicles using a disposable razor blade,” the AP reported.

“She was unsuccessful at that time, though she continued to be troubled by thoughts of self-castration.  In December 2016 she made another attempt, studying anatomy, boiling her razor blade in an attempt to make it sterile and managing to remove one of her testicles before she began to lose too much blood and called for help.”

In Judge Windmill’s ruling, he contended that the denying Edmo gender reassignment surgery was unconstitutional.

“For more than forty years, the Supreme Court has consistently held that consciously ignoring an prisoner’s serious medical needs amounts to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment,” the ruling read.

“I think the thing that makes this case so important is that this is a procedure that is necessary for some transgender inmates, and in fact is lifesaving care, but it’s almost universally denied and banned by prisons across the country,” said Amy Whelan, an attorney with the group that represented Edmo, the National Center for Lesbian Rights.  “There is no state that I’m aware of that has ever provided the surgery without being ordered by a court to do so.”

There are two reasons why this line of thought is pretty much bunk, however: the surgery remains elective and there’s no actual evidence that it’s effective.

The first part is pretty straightforward.  Adree Edmo will survive whether or not the surgery is performed.  Given their past, one would hope prison officials might take more care in not allowing razors anywhere near Edmo’s cell, but there’s no risk of death if the surgery isn’t performed.  When you consider the fact that surgeries like this can cost tens of thousands of dollars and there are 30 inmates with gender dysphoria in the Idaho system alone, you quickly begin to grasp the burden this would be on taxpayers for what amounts to an elective surgery.

And then there’s the efficacy of the surgery, which has always been in debate.  There are plenty of studies on this, but I’d like to reference two: one by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2016 and one by the U.K. Guardian in 2004.

I reference these specifically because neither could be categorized by the left as bastions of retrograde conservatism.  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducted the study under the Obama administration, which was almost uniformly friendly to any dubious excess of political correctness when it fit under the aegis of transgender rights.  The Guardian, meanwhile, has long been the paper of record if you want to know what British progressives who aren’t thinking for themselves are thinking.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services study was issued in response to a request that gender reassignment be covered under Medicare.  They declined based on a paucity of evidence for the efficacy of the procedures.

“Based on a thorough review of the clinical evidence available at this time, there is not enough evidence to determine whether gender reassignment surgery improves health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with gender dysphoria,” the Centers concluded, according to the Heritage Foundation.

“There were conflicting (inconsistent) study results—of the best designed studies, some reported benefits while others reported harms.  The quality and strength of evidence were low due to the mostly observational study designs with no comparison groups, potential confounding, and small sample sizes.  Many studies that reported positive outcomes were exploratory type studies (case-series and case-control) with no confirmatory follow-up.”

Meanwhile, the Guardian discovered what opponents of the surgery have long claimed; they found “no conclusive evidence that sex change operations improve the lives of transsexuals, with many people remaining severely distressed and even suicidal after the operation.”

“There is a huge uncertainty over whether changing someone’s sex is a good or a bad thing,” Chris Hyde, the director of the University of Birmingham’s aggressive research intelligence facility, told the Guardian.  “While no doubt great care is taken to ensure that appropriate patients undergo gender reassignment, there’s still a large number of people who have the surgery but remain traumatized — often to the point of committing suicide.”

That, indeed, remains the problem.  Of the studies out there, one demonstrated a higher mortality rate for those who underwent sexual reassignment therapy, including a higher rate of attempted suicides.  Another found that “(t)he evidence concerning gender reassignment surgery in both (male-to-female) and (female-to-male) transsexism has several limitations in terms of: (a) lack of controlled studies, (b) evidence has not collected data prospectively, (c) high loss to follow up and (d) lack of validated assessment measures.”

In short, at best we can say that we don’t know how efficacious these procedures are.  At worst, there’s evidence that they cause injury to the individual involved, both physically and mentally.

This is what a judge wants the state of Idaho — which means the taxpayers of Idaho — to fund: a surgery where the effectiveness isn’t demonstrated on a prisoner with clear mental instability issues.  One should certainly have the choice, in a free society, to pursue elective surgical options for conditions even if the benefit hasn’t necessarily been demonstrated.

However, one also ought not to have a claim to pursue it using someone else’s money — particularly if the reason they’re getting that money is because they’re behind bars.  This is an absurd decision which desperately needs to be appealed.

No Protests For These Two Little Boys????

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Francois Browne, 35, served 2 years and 11 months for murdering his 7-month-old Son. HOW IS THIS JUSTICE????

For the second time, Baltimore man is
charged in the death of a Child

BALTIMORE, MD  –  The two baby boys died five years apart, both of them bruised and beaten.

Seven-month-old Kendall Brown suffered fractured ribs and bleeding in his brain in December 2012.  Then 18-month-old Zaray Gray died with a broken clavicle and internal injuries last week.

The father of the first child, a Baltimore man who spent almost three years in prison for his son’s death, has been charged in the death of the second child, his girlfriend’s son.

Francois Browne, 35, of Woodbourne Heights, was charged Saturday with murder in the death of Zaray Gray.  Browne remains held without bail.

Online court records did not list an attorney for him.

The second case against Browne has focused attention to the prison sentence he received after his son’s death.  After Browne was convicted of child abuse resulting in death, Baltimore Circuit Judge Timothy J. Doory sentenced him to 15 years in prison with all but four years suspended.

Browne served two years and 11 months in prison.

“This guy should still be in jail,” said Dr. Dylan Stewart, director of pediatric trauma at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  “The penalties are far too lenient.”

Recent years have brought an uptick in the number of children killed in Baltimore by a parent or guardian.  While there were two such deaths reported in 2007, there were at least eight in 2016, according to the latest report by the Baltimore City Child Fatality Review Team.  More than 40 children have been killed by a guardian in the last decade, according to the city health department.

“I have a huge amount of concern for the level of child abuse in Baltimore,” Stewart said.  “Murdering a child should not have a different penalty than pulling the trigger and murdering an adult.”

One youth advocate said the case could spur efforts to tighten a new law aimed at alerting social services agencies if someone becomes a parent after being convicted of killing a child.

The new law, which takes effect Oct. 1, requires courts to notify the state health department when someone is convicted of the murder, attempted murder or manslaughter of a child.  Later, if a birth certificate lists that person as being the parent of a newborn, the local social services department is to be notified so officials can provide an assessment of the family and offer services if needed.

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, executive director of the nonprofit group Advocates for Children and Youth, said the law is aimed at protecting children whose parents have killed or seriously harmed a child in the past.

But a limitation, she said, is that it applies only to people convicted of three crimes: murder, attempted murder and manslaughter.  That means it wouldn’t kick in for someone convicted of child abuse, even in a case that resulted in death.

Another limitation is that the law would alert authorities only if the convicted person became a parent, not if someone simply was a caretaker of a child.  The law matches court records with birth records.

Bevan-Dangel said the law might need to be broadened to cover more scenarios. “Potentially there is more work to be done on this statute to make sure it’s is casting the right-size safety net,” she said.

Meanwhile, the deepening opioid epidemic has heightened concerns about child abuse in Baltimore.  In March, Anne Kirsch, 37, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after police found her infant son beaten, starved and dead at 9 days old.  She admitted to using heroin during her pregnancy and on the night before her son died.

Browne’s son was hospitalized on New Year’s Eve 2012 with bleeding in his brain. Doctors pronounced the baby brain dead three days later.  Browne had been alone with his son the night the boy was hospitalized, police wrote in charging documents. Browne was convicted of child abuse resulting in death.

He was released from prison in December 2015, officials said.  He also received five years of probation.

On Wednesday night, police found 1½-year-old Zaray Gray injured in a home in the West Forest Park neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore.  Browne had taken the boy and two other children to the playground earlier that day, police wrote in charging documents.

Once home, they wrote, Zaray began throwing up.  Officers wrote that Browne told them he was alone with the boy in the home while the other children played outside. He heard the boy moaning and later that night the child stopped breathing, officers wrote.

Doctors found bruises on the boy’s face, chin, neck and mouth.  The boy’s left clavicle was broken, police said.

Browne told police the boy had fallen while going down a sliding board, bumping his head and back.

Doctors also found tears to his bowels, police wrote, “likely caused by multiple blows to the abdomen.”

Washington Must Stop CPS Collateral Damage

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Richelle Schultz, 53, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony counts of falsifying information

Jefferson County caseworker admits falsifying Child Abuse records

DENVER, CO  –  A former Jefferson County Human Services caseworker fabricated records in a dozen child abuse and neglect cases claiming she investigated the cases when she had not, authorities say.

Richelle Schultz, 53, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony counts of falsifying information in child abuse and neglect documents and attempting to influence a public office, according to a news release by Pam Russell, spokeswoman for District Attorney Peter Weir.

Schultz was a caseworker between December 2015 and July 31 of 2016 who investigated allegations of child abuse and neglect.  Human Services fired Schultz in July of 2016 and began reviewing her cases.

Schultz entered false information in 12 cases, claiming she interviewed victims, families and witnesses in person or on the phone when she did not, the news release says.

The review determined that there were no unresolved safety issues and the cases had been closed.

Schultz faces up to 9 years in prison when she is sentenced on March 5.

Judges Are Children’s Worst Enemy

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Larry Nassar, 53

Former USA Gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to Child Pornography charges

“I sacrificed my childhood to compete for the United States throughout the world,” Antolin said.  “The doctor they assigned to treat me betrayed my trust.  Now the federal government is giving him a free pass for his alleged assaults on me and many other child athletes.  That’s not justice.”
Jeanette Antolin

Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics physician accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women and girls, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal child pornography charges.

Nassar, 53, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography, possessing child pornography and to a charge that he hid and destroyed evidence in the case.  The guilty plea was part of an agreement with the western Michigan US Attorney’s Office and was formally entered in federal court in Grand Rapids.

“Victims and the public can be assured that a day of reckoning is indeed in Dr. Nassar’s future,” Acting US Attorney Andrew Birge said in a statement.  “No one, no matter his station in life, is above the law.  Those who exploit children will be found out and they will be held accountable.”

Nassar’s attorneys, Matthew Newburg and Shannon Smith, declined to comment on the guilty plea, but issued a brief statement about the state charges he also faces.

USA Gymnastics agrees to dozens of changes amid sex abuse scandal

“Dr. Nassar’s position on the state cases has not changed and we intend to proceed to trial.  The plea today was negotiated only to resolve the federal charges,” their joint statement reads.

In total, Nassar faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and 11 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct at the state level, according to Megan Hawthorne, deputy press secretary for state Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Nassar has pleaded not guilty to all of the state charges, Hawthorne said.  Several of the first degree charges pertain to victims under 13, and all of the state-level charges involve former family friends, gymnasts, and/or patients of Nassar, she said.

Nassar, the father of three school-aged children, was the team physician for the Michigan State University gymnastics and women’s crew teams, as well as an associate professor at MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He worked at MSU from 1997 to 2016, and served as the USA Gymnastics physician through four Olympic Games.

Prosecutors alleged that between September and December 2004, Nassar knowingly downloaded images and videos of child pornography from the Internet and that between 2003 and 2016, he knowingly kept thousands of child pornography images and videos on his hard drive.  Some of the images Nassar allegedly possessed included those of a minor under 12 years old, court documents state.

Furthermore, court documents allege that in September 2016, when he was aware that he was under investigation, Nassar paid $49 to have his laptop completely wiped of the pornographic images and videos and threw away several hard drives containing child pornography.

Nassar faces a combined maximum of 60 years of imprisonment. Nassar must also register as a sex offender and pay restitution to all of the victims of his sexual exploitation, the amounts of which will be determined at a later sentencing date, according to the terms of the plea deal.

In return, the US Attorney has agreed to dismiss Nassar’s original indictment and not prosecute Nassar for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of children, relating to alleged conduct with two minors in Nassar’s swimming pool in the summer of 2015 and for “illicit sexual conduct” with two other minor children during interstate and international travel, according to the plea agreement obtained by CNN.

Jeanette Antolin, a member of the US National Gymnastics Team from 1995-2000 who alleges that Nassar molested her when she was competing in Canada, Switzerland, and China, denounced the plea agreement.

“I sacrificed my childhood to compete for the United States throughout the world,” Antolin said.  “The doctor they assigned to treat me betrayed my trust.  Now the federal government is giving him a free pass for his alleged assaults on me and many other child athletes.  That’s not justice.”

These federal charges are separate from the sexual assault charges that Nassar faces at the state level.

The state charges, filed in two Michigan counties, stem from allegations that Nassar sexually abused young female athletes under the guise of providing medical care in his home and other settings, including the Michigan State University sports medicine clinic and Twistars Gymnastics Club.

In February, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon stated that the university is “fully cooperating with every aspect of the ongoing criminal investigations and have urged all members of the MSU community to do so as well.”

The following month, Twistars Gymnastics Club issued a statement saying they “had zero knowledge of any of the allegations against Dr. Nassar, who was never an employee of Twistars.  Our hearts go out to the women who have spoken up and, like everyone else, we are sickened to the core by their stories.”

In April, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) revoked Nassar’s medical license for a minimum of three years, said Jason Moon, communications director for LARA. Nassar must also pay a $100,000 fine if he chooses to file an application to reinstate his license.  Reinstatement would require approval from the Michigan Board of Medicine, Moon said.